But research have also indicated that sevaral species of vultures can be infected with Influenza A viruses.
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Hooded vultures feed mostly from carcasses of dead animals but they also prey on dead and dying birds. These vultures are typically unafraid of humans, and frequently gather around habitation. It is sometimes referred to as the 'garbage collector' by locals.
We can therefore safely assume that the hooded vultures are potential vectors or sentinels of influenza A viruses.
 Ducatez et al: Genetic characterization of HPAI (H5N1) viruses from poultry and wild vultures, Burkina Faso in Emerging Infectious Diseases – 2007
 Ducatez et al: Molecular and antigenic evolution and geographical spread of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses in western Africa in Journal of General Virology – 2007